Christmas Cocktails

A special five-part CHRISTMAS edition of the popular series exploring dance band recordings from Britain and America from 1920 to 1945.


01Christmas Swing19981221

Numbers recorded in the 1930s and 1940s by the American swing bands of Hal Kemp, Chick Webb, the Dorsey Brothers and Jimmie Lunceford; from PARIS, guitarist Django Reinhardt; and appearances by vocalists FRANCEs Langford, Louis Jordan, Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.

02A Heavenly Party19981222

Dance band music recorded in 1930s LONDON, with the orchestras of Lew Stone, Jack Jackson, Mantovani, Harry Roy, Geraldo, Roy Fox, Sidney Lipton and Ray Noble, and the BBC Dance Orchestra, conductor Henry Hall.

03They Can't Black Out The Moon19981223

Dance band music of wartime romance recorded in Britain and America during the Second World War.

With the orchestras of Carroll Gibbons, Harry Roy, Joe Loss and Geraldo; Glenn Miller and the Squadronaires; and vocalists Noel Coward, Harry Roy, Wendy Clare, Paula Green, Celia Lipton, Dorothy Carless, Jimmy Miller and Judy Garland.

04I'm Going Home For Christmas19981224

Seasonal and unseasonal numbers by Noel Coward, Irving BERLIN and others, with the dance orchestras of Dick Robertson, Jack Hylton, Ambrose and Sidney Lipton; and with vocalists Evelyn Dall, Sam Browne, Chips Chipendall, the Swingtettes and Hutch.

05 LASTThe Santa Claus Express19981225

Festive dance band recordings of the 1930s, with the orchestras of Ambrose, the Dorsey Brothers and Joe Loss; Charlie Kunz and the Casani Club Orchestra, Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Orpheans, and the BBC Dance Orchestra conducted by Henry Hall; and vocalists Dan Donovan, George Melachrino, Vera Lynn, the Rhythm Sisters and Elsie CARLISLE.